Jess Orcsik Issue

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Jess Orcsik — Focus on Ability Short Film Festival

Good things come from Down Under. One in particular—the Focus On Ability Short Film Festival—celebrates films examining the abilities of people with disabilities. Now in its 10th year, the festival is the brainchild of Martin Wren, CEO of Nova Employment. Wren’s inspiration for the festival was to end bullying in schools by educating youth through personal stories. To help ...
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Garo H. Armen, PhD

The Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) first came into my realm of awareness when I saw Tom Hanks in a video on Facebook talking about COAF in support of its upcoming gala. Within months, a myriad of celebrities were cheerfully joining in videos on social media to give a shout-out to COAF. From Nicole Richie, Ariana Grande, John Stamos, ...
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Katherine Beattie — Write What You Know

A few months ago, my friend Jan Hoag e-introduced me to Katherine Beattie. She said, “I can’t believe you two haven’t met! You have all the same life experience!” Now I’ve never met someone with my life experience in Hollywood, so I was looking forward to seeing what Jan meant. As soon as we connected, Katherine said she is ...
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Leo Fender — A Music Legend

Leo Fender was a man whose influence resonates around the world. In just about any public space—stage, restaurant, mall, you name it—the American inventor’s impact is spoken through the ambient acoustics of the electric guitar. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find an influential guitarist of rock ‘n roll or country western who hasn’t riffed on a ...
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Money, Money, Money!

There are generally two types of people: those who lend money, and those who borrow money. “Borrow” is a sneaky word with several meanings. Webster’s Dictionary defines it as “To receive with the implied or expressed intention of returning the same or an equivalent.” I, on the other hand, define it as getting something you need from some sucker ...
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Ashley Fiolek – It’s a Secret!

I just got back home to Florida from California. I was doing a “top secret” project with Shift Colab and women’s motorcycle gear and apparel outlet ATWYLD, and I can’t wait for all of you to see the video when it is released! I flew out on Monday and arrived in Los Angeles late. Someone picked me up from ...
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Poetry in Motion — Performers with Disabilities

China’s first special art performance to combine music, dance, and poetry by people with disabilities sowed seeds of appreciation in viewers. Whether these seeds continue to germinate with similar performances in the future, the experience pulled on the audience’s heartstrings, which is perhaps the greatest reward any poet could hope for. The expression “Poetry and Poetry” originates from the ...
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Raising the Human Vibration

For some reason, so many of us are going through horrific challenges. It feels as though the universe is throwing curve balls at an unbelievable speed, and just when we think we can come up for air, we are hit again. From what is happening globally, nationally or personally, none of us are spared in what we have to ...
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Long Haul Paul and Accidental Samaritans

The odds of crushing my motorcycle’s exhaust header into a pancake, destroying the engine sump guard, ripping off the oil filter, having four quarts of oil spew onto both wheels at high speed and living to tell about it are fairly slim, so someone was looking out for me on a cold and wet afternoon this past February. I ...